Let’s get you all set!
We’ve outlined a few next steps to get you ready.
1. Reserve your spot in the upcoming class.
You’ll be asked to complete a survey when you register. This alerts our advising staff to hold your spot in the Fall 2020 class and develop a personalized course schedule for you. After you register, you’re ready for your next step!
What if I already registered for in-person Orientation?
We’ve changed our in-person Orientation events to remote delivery. If you already registered for one of our events, we’ve already reserved your spot. Your advisor has already started building your schedule. An advisor will reach out soon to review your schedule with you (Step 2)!
What if I am admitted to the Summer Bridge to Success Program?
To reserve your spot in our class please visit MySSU, click the Bridge to Success Tab, and register for the programming. You'll receive a confirmation email once you have registered and details about the program. The Bridge to Success Program will be an online program delivered over 7 weeks beginning June 29th. As you complete the program an advisor will help you plan your Fall 2020 schedule.
2. Review your schedule with an advisor.
To do: Speak with an advisor remotely about your schedule.
Your advisor is here to help you get started as a new student — and will be here for you throughout your education to help you achieve your goals. After you reserve your spot, your advisor will start planning your schedule based on the survey you submitted when you registered for Orientation.
Your advisor will contact you by phone or email to schedule a virtual meeting with you to go over your schedule, make any adjustments you want or need, and get to know you and your goals. Meet our advisors.
Not quite sure what degree you want to pursue, yet?
No problem. You’re not alone. In fact, most students are undecided or change their majors during their first year. Your advisor is here to help. They’re pretty smart, so pick their brains. They enjoy a challenge — almost as much as they enjoy helping students succeed.
3. Learn about Campus Resources.
We’ve put together a brief online tutorial outlining all the things you need to know about becoming a Shawnee State Bear!
What else can I do?
For your convenience, we’ve also added a number of Virtual Information Sessions just for admitted students where you can ask questions, take a virtual campus tour, or even register for a small group in-person tour in July or August.
4. Confirm your Financial Aid Package.
If paying for college is top on the list of your concerns, don’t worry. Our financial aid counselors are here to help navigate the process — from de-mystifying the FAFSA to identifying available tuition assistance.
During this one-on-one virtual session, your counselor will discuss financial aid that may be available to you and steps you can take to apply for aid, including grants and student loans.
5. Plan for living on campus or commuting.
We don’t say the “dorm” word at Shawnee State. All of our housing units are apartment-style and fully-furnished. All students may live on campus, whether you’re moving here from hours away or your parents live just across the street.
Of course, if you plan to commute from home (only available for those whose parents live within 25 miles from campus), you can expect a full student life experience, too.
6. Get connected.
Your student accounts offer you access to a lot of technology on campus from the SSU wi-fi network, to your MySSU student portal, to Blackboard student courses, to the SSU App. You’ll want to complete set-up and verification of these accounts to take full advantage of tools that allow you to register for classes, talk to your faculty, meet classmates or even check your grades.
Get to know ITS and learn more about the technology services available to students by reviewing Information Technology for Students.
7. Get here!
Register for our expanded Weekend of Welcome!
We can’t wait to see you on campus – and we know you can’t wait to be here! We begin each fall with our Weekend of Welcome, where new students can get to know each other and have some fun.
Once you have your course schedule you can register for Weekend of Welcome in MySSU
Because many of our in-person events had to be postponed this year, we have expanded our Weekend of Welcome to include expanded orientation programming and information session. Weekend of Welcome begins Friday, August 21st.
Join us to celebrate the beginning of the semester and complete any last minute items before classes begin. We look forward to seeing you in person!